Conor P. McGowan, Ph.D.
Assistant Leader and Assistant Research Professor
USGS, Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences,
Auburn, AL 36849-5418
Ph: 334 844 9231
My work focuses on conservation and management decision support science. I work primarily on endangered species and birds, especially shorebirds, using the tools of population and ecological modeling to predict the effects of management actions on populations of interest.
- Multispecies adaptive management in Delaware Bay
- Incidental take and endangered species recovery
- Piping plover population viability
- White tailed deer and coyote management in south Alabama
- Grassland bird habitat management in the East Gulf Coastal Plain
- American Black Duck integrated population and habitat management
Ally Keever, MS – working on deer and coyote management in southern Alabama
Jennifer Price, PhD – State wide white-tailed deer monitoring and population modeling
Emily Merritt, MS – Horseshoe Crab mark-recapture based abundance estimation
Patrick Farrell, MS – Grassland bird habitat associations in the East Gulf Coastal Plain
Claudia Penaloza, Post-doc – Black Duck survival modeling and population modeling
Alyssa Butler, MS – worked on Horseshoe Crab Tag loss and survival estimation
McGowan, C.P., J.E. Hines, J.D. Nichols, J.E. Lyons, D.R. Smith, K. S. Kalasz, L.J. Niles, A.D. Dey, N.A. Clark, P.W. Atkinson, C.D.T. Minton, and W. Kendall. 2011. Demographic consequences of migratory stopover: linking red knot survival to horseshoe crab spawning abundance. Ecosphere 2: art 69.
McGowan, C.P., M.R. Ryan, M.C. Runge, J.J. Millspaugh, J. Cochrane, 2011. The role of demographic compensation theory in incidental take assessments for endangered species. Biological Conservation, in press.